The favorite to win the starting running back job for the Auburn Tigers seems to not even be in the race for the position. It was reported Friday afternoon that Jovon Robinson won’t get as many careers as most have believed he would once the season gets underway.
Auburn running back coach Tim Horton told AL.com that Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber would be getting most of the starts on the September 5 opener against Louisville, according to Saturday Down South. This comes as a shock to most as Robinson is projected to be one of the SEC’s best running backs this season.
“Right now I would say that Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber have earned the right to play and so they’re both going to play,” Horton said. “Now, who is going to be in there first, I couldn’t tell you to be honest. I don’t know that’s really important, but both of those guys have earned that right and they’ll both play. They’ve both been very good.”
Robinson rushed for just over 3,000 yards and forty-three touchdowns in two seasons at Georgia Military College. He also broke a few single-season NJCAA records and was considered one of the most sought after JUCO running backs for 2015.
Robinson only rushed for nineteen yards in the Tigers’ spring game, which was less than both Thomas and Barber. Most didn’t think of this as a significant stat, but Horton said that Robinson’s summer didn’t start like they had hoped. However, he did say that the running back group has improved as a whole.
“He had the worst start of those four initially, but he’s starting to come on,” Horton said, according to AL.com. “I’m real pleased with the group and I think ultimately it’ll be one of the strengths of our team.
The Tigers will certainly miss the likes of Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne, who are both in the NFL now. It seems like their running back corps will split most of the time for upcoming season rather than one guy getting much of the workload.
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